The Fulton County election interference case has reached a significant milestone as Scott Hall, a bail bondsman, became the first defendant to enter a plea agreement with prosecutors. Hall pleaded guilty to five misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to commit intentional interference with the performance of election duties. As part of the agreement, Hall will testify truthfully when called, serve five years probation, pay a $5,000 fine, complete 200 hours of community service, and be banned from polling and election administration-related activities. He will also provide a statement for prosecutors and write an apology letter to Georgia voters.
This plea agreement is seen as a victory for prosecutors as they prepare for upcoming trials involving 18 defendants. The first trial, involving Sidney Powell and Kenneth Chesebro, is scheduled to begin on October 20. Hall’s indictment was connected to the breach of sensitive voting data in Coffee County, South Georgia, in January 2021. Prosecutors allege that Powell, a former Trump campaign lawyer, paid for the trip to Coffee County, where the team collected evidence to support claims of voter fraud.
Hall, although not as well-known as others involved, played a significant role in efforts to undermine the 2020 election results in Georgia. He was responsible for chartering the plane that transported Trump allies and computer analysts to Coffee County. The group spent hours at the county election office, copying Georgia’s statewide voting system software, and unlawfully taking official ballots outside the polling place. Hall’s testimony against Powell could potentially impact her defense at trial. Despite the plea agreement, Hall will likely retain his bail bond license as his conviction does not involve a crime of moral turpitude, as clarified by the district attorney’s office.